What Is The Difference Between The 2400 SAT And The New SAT in 2016?

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The new SAT in 2016 is not all that different from the 2400 version of the SAT. The three main topics tested are still Math, Reading, and Writing. You might be wondering…how does the 1600 SAT test three topics if there are only two scores out of 800?

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What Was Dropped From The 2400 Version?

Let’s look at what dropped the point count first.

The College Board combined the Reading and Writing sections into one score out of 800 rather than having two separate scores out of 800 each. This is great news for students who studied for the 2400 version.

Much of what you learned (especially if you took a 2400 Expert course) will still be applicable. Of course, there are some differences that we should point out.

One of the major points of differentiation between the 2400 version of the SAT and the new 1600 version of the SAT is the essay. The essay is now optional and appears at the end of the exam.

Previously, the essay was required and appeared as the first section of the exam. Although the essay is now optional, I still recommend taking the essay. The essay is also now analytical rather than persuasive.

How Does The  New Essay Section Work?

The essay’s purpose is a bit different now.

On the 2400 version, students were asked to take a position on a topic and defend it using examples from their own knowledge. In the new 1600 version, students are asked to analyze a given passage of text and write about how the author develops his or her argument.

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Although this may sound more difficult, the SAT compensates for the extra reading you have to do by providing more time – 50 minutes (compared to 25 minutes previously).

There is also a big difference in how the New SAT is scored. Previously, students were penalized when they answered questions incorrectly.

Therefore, test prep companies would come up with strategies to determine whether it was better for students to guess or leave questions blank. Because there is no longer a penalty for guessing, if you are unsure of a question, you should always guess now.

There is no reason to leave questions blank anymore. In addition, multiple-choice questions now have 4 answer choices as opposed to 5 previously. This immediately increases your chances of answering questions correctly even if you are guessing!

How Does Score Reporting Work Now?

The previous version of the SAT gave you a score out of 800 for the Math, Reading, and Writing sections.

The new SAT gives you a score out of 800 for the Evidenced-Based Writing and Reading section and a score out of 800 for the Math section. Essentially, they have just combined the Reading and Writing sections together. You will also get a separate score for your Essay.

In addition, there are multiple “subscores” that provide an in-depth analysis of your particular strengths and weaknesses. But students should really be concerned about their total score out of 1600.

At Prep Expert, our goal is to get this score as high as possible. It is the one that colleges really care about.

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2400 SAT vs 1600 SAT FAQ

How does the 1600 SAT test three topics if there are only two scores out of 800?

The College Board has combined the Reading and Writing sections into one score out of 800 rather than having a separate score out of 800 for each. This is actually great news for students who have studied for the 2400 version of the SAT previously.

What’s another difference between the 2400 and 1600 versions of the SAT?

One of the major points of differentiation between the 2400 version of the SAT and the new 1600 version of the SAT is the essay. The essay is now optional and appears at the end of the exam. Previously, the essay was required and appeared as the first section of the exam.

Are there any other major differences between the Old SAT and New SAT?

There is a big difference in how the New SAT is scored. Previously, students were penalized when they answered questions incorrectly. But because there is no longer a penalty for guessing, if you are unsure on a question, you should go ahead and guess.

What other changes should I know about?

In terms of score reporting, the previous version of the SAT gave you a score out of 800 for the Math, Reading, and Writing sections. Now, the new SAT will give you a score out of 800 for the Evidenced-Based Writing and Reading section and a score out of 800 for the Math section. Essentially, they have just combined the Reading and Writing sections together.

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